Burns and scalds

Every year almost 1000 children in NSW under five present to hospital with serious burn injuries. More than half of these burns happen in the kitchen, while most other burns happen in other places around the house, the backyard, and places of sport and recreation.

Common causes of burns in children include hot food and drinks, kitchen appliances, heaters, irons, treadmills and barbeques. Spilled hot soup, noodles, tea and coffee can take less than a second to cause a serious burn.

Children’s skin burns deeper, quicker and at lower temperatures compared to adults. Families suffer guilt and blame, while children usually suffer with pain and scarring that can lead to body image and self-esteem problems.

You can prevent burns and scalds in children by following the advice in the bathroom, kitchen and the home and following first aid for burns recommendations.